12 July 2021

Welcome to Tracker, NHMRC’s fortnightly newsletter with the latest information on major activities and funding opportunities.

Getting to the cause of type 2 diabetes

The daily burden of living with diabetes can be significant. It’s estimated that people with diabetes face up to 180 diabetes-related decisions every day. That’s more than 65,000 extra decisions a year. These decisions can range from managing daily blood sugar levels, food intake and exercise to the management of serious diabetes complications.

Research funded through a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Ideas Grant, will examine how our brains coordinate the sugar (glucose) levels in our blood. This could lead to new pharmacological treatments for type 2 diabetes and a revolutionary understanding of the disease. 

Dr Garron Dodd runs the metabolic neuroscience laboratory at the University of Melbourne and has been awarded a four-year $1,068,283 grant to fund his team to investigate an entirely new direction on what causes type 2 diabetes and how it can be treated. The next major advance in understanding type 2 diabetes could be found not in the pancreas, muscle or liver as previously thought but in the brain.

“This grant will help us advance a totally new way of treating type 2 diabetes. Identifying how the brain is affected in type 2 diabetes will revolutionise how we understand the disease and will offer unprecedented avenues for designing novel treatments”.
Visit NHMRC's website to read more about Dr Garron Dodd's research. 

Ideas Grants 2021

Peer Review Processes
                                                                                                                            
Assessment allocations have been finalised and peer reviewers will commence assessing applications in Sapphire in the coming days. 

NHMRC appreciates the willingness of so many people to make themselves available for peer review.

Peer Review Key Dates*

•    July-August 2021 peer reviewers review applications and submit scores and comments against Ideas Grant assessment criteria for each allocated application.
•    December 2021 expected notification of outcomes under embargo.

* The Ideas Grant peer review process and timelines are subject to change. NHMRC will notify peer reviewers of any timing changes as soon as practicable.

If peer reviewers have any questions about the assessment process, please contact your secretariat. Technical Sapphire enquiries should be directed to NHMRC’s Research Help Centre via email.

Ideas Grants Peer Review Mentor Video

To assist peer reviewers in undertaking their role in the 2021 Ideas Grant round, NHMRC has produced a video of senior researchers, or mentors, addressing key questions and themes relating to Ideas Grants peer review. 

The 2021 Ideas Grants Peer Review Mentor Video is available on NHMRC’s website.

Investigator Grants 2021 

Assessments for the Investigator Grants 2021 round have been completed.

Funding recommendation processes have commenced, and outcomes are anticipated to be released under embargo in September 2021.

Peer reviewers are reminded of the importance of confidentiality of the peer review process.

NHMRC would like to thank all peer reviewers for their assistance this year and encourage them to provide feedback on their experience by completing the Investigator Grant peer reviewer survey, to be released in coming weeks.

Synergy Grants 2021

Stage One of the 2021 Synergy Grants peer review process is complete, with 29 applications progressing through to Stage Two. Applicants not progressing have been notified. 

Stage Two, assessment of Track Record relative to opportunity, has commenced, with assessments due 28 July 2021

For further details on the 2021 Synergy Grants peer review process, please see the Synergy Grants 2021 Peer Review Guidelines available from NHMRC’s website

Please contact NHMRC’s Research Help Centre via email for further information or assistance.

Development Grants 2021 

Development Grants Peer Review Processes

A total of 140 applications were submitted to the Development Grants 2021 round. 

NHMRC appreciates the willingness of researchers to make themselves available for peer review. Peer review processes have commenced, and reviewers are currently declaring conflicts of interest (CoI) and suitability in Sapphire. 

For more information on the Development Grants peer review processes, the Development Grants 2021 Peer Review Guidelines can be found on NHMRC’s website

Peer Review Key Dates* 

•    Tuesday 29 June – Friday 16 July 2021 peer reviewers declare interests and suitability against applications.
•    Mid / late July 2021 applications will be assigned to peer reviewers (based on results of the COI and suitability survey).
•    August-September 2021 peer reviewers review applications and submit scores and comments against Development Grant assessment criteria for each allocated application.
•    December 2021 expected notification of outcomes under embargo.

* The Development Grant peer review process and timelines are subject to change. NHMRC will notify peer reviewers of any timing changes as soon as practicable.

If peer reviewers have any questions, please contact your secretariat. Sapphire enquiries should be directed to NHMRC’s Research Help Centre via email

Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants 2021 

Application Dates

Applications opened in Sapphire on 30 June 2021. Minimum data is due on 28 July 2021. Applications close on 25 August 2021

The Grant Guidelines (including category descriptors) for the Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grant scheme are available on GrantConnect.

Please contact NHMRC’s Research Help Centre via email for further information or assistance.

Call for submissions for recognition as an NHMRC Research Translation Centre 

Advance notice

NHMRC anticipates opening a round for groups seeking recognition as an NHMRC Research Translation Centre in the third quarter of 2021.

Further information will be provided in Tracker. Enquiries can be emailed to: AdvancedCentres@nhmrc.gov.au

Partnership Projects Peer Review Cycle 2 (PRC2) 2021 

The due date for NHMRC Approved Administering Institutions to submit partner waiver requests for applications in the 2021 Partnership Projects PRC2 is Wednesday 14 July 2021.

Please direct all enquiries to NHMRC’s Research Help Centre via email.

NHMRC-CIHR Healthy Cities Implementation Science Team Grant Scheme 2021 Grant Opportunity - Webinar

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and NHMRC will host a webinar to provide more information to potential applicants of this opportunity and to answer questions regarding the NHMRC component on Wednesday July 14, 2021, 8:00 - 8:45 AM AEST. You can register for the webinar here. More information and connection details are available on CIHR's webinar page

Partner Linkage Tool

CIHR is providing a linkage tool for the Healthy Cities Research Initiative designed to facilitate partnerships between researchers, municipal or other government organisations, non-governmental organisations, community-based organisations, not-for-profit or other organisations.

For information on the funding opportunity, visit NHMRC’s website and GrantConnect.

NHMRC approval of third party guidelines 

On 7 July 2021, NHMRC approved one new guideline and updates to three NHMRC approved guidelines under section 14A of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992 (NHMRC Act).

New guideline:

•    Australian Living Guideline for the Pharmacological Management of Inflammatory Arthritis developed by the Australia & New Zealand Musculoskeletal Clinical Trials Network. The recommendations relate to dose reduction and discontinuation of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs and the use of opioids for pain management for the most common forms of inflammatory arthritis.

Updates to NHMRC-approved guidelines:

•    Australian Living guidelines for stroke management developed by the National Stroke Foundation. This update includes one new recommendation on anti-platelet therapy and three updated recommendations on standing balance and activities of daily living. NHMRC also approved a change to a recommendation on fatigue and sexuality considered to be of minor significance, and on the advice of NHMRC Council is dispensing with the requirement for public consultation under section 14B of the NHMRC Act.

Further details are available on Inform Me website.

•    Australian guidelines for the clinical care of people with COVID-19 developed by the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce. This update includes 22 new recommendations and changes to 7 NHMRC approved recommendations. 

Further details are available on National Covid-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce’s website.

•    Australian Immunisation Handbook developed by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation. This update includes amendments on the recommended use of rabies vaccines. 

Further details are available on Department of Health’s website.

Key application dates

Open

Funding scheme - Open Open date Minimum data date Application close
MRFF – 2021 Innovative Therapies for Mental Illness  17-Mar-21 7-Jul-21 21-Jul-21
Partnership Projects 2021 PRC2 25-Mar-21 28-Jul-21 12-Aug-21
MRFF - Rare Cancer Rare Disease and Unmet Need - Stream 1,3,4,5,6,7 12-May-21 4-Aug-21 18-Aug-21
MRFF - COVID-19 Health Impacts of Vaccination Schedules 12-May-21 4-Aug-21 18-Aug-21
Targeted Call for Research (TCR) into Participation in Cancer Screening Programs 2021 23-Jun-21 4-Aug-21 18-Aug-21
2021 Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants 30-Jun-21 28-Jul-21 25-Aug-21
MRFF – 2021 International Clinical Trial Collaborations (ICTC) Round 1 (21.1) 17-Mar-21 25-Aug-21 8-Sep-21

*NB schemes are in order of closing dates

Upcoming

Funding scheme - upcoming Open date Minimum data due Applications close
Partnership Projects 2021 PRC3 29-Jul-21 17-Nov-21 1-Dec-21
MRFF - International Clinical Trial Collaborations (ICTC) Round 2 (21.2) 26-Aug-21 2-Feb-21 16-Feb-22

*NB schemes are in order of closing dates

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